BIG COACH TOURING - EXCLUSIVELY SOLO TRAVELLERS

OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Enjoy a New Zealand tour exclusively for solo travellers.

This tour provides an excellent coverage of both the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Discover the delights of the South Island such as Dunedin, Milford Sound and Queenstown. Spend 8 days touring the North Island, visiting cultural Rotorua, the stunning Bay of Islands and finishing the tour in Auckland - the ‘City of Sails'.

The "all inclusive" style of touring represents the best value for money and includes the highest quality standard of product. Join a group of like-minded singles and discover the highlights of New Zealand, touring with Grand Pacific Tours.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    55+
  • Duration:
    16 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia, New Zealand
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Hotels
  • Prices:
    With your own room & airfare from $6684
  • Transport:
    Private coach,Train,Cruise
  • Pace:
    3
  • Group Size:
    maximum 48
  • Trip Code:
    nz18-3
  • Terms:
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REVIEWS

This tour went off without a hitch. The Coach Captains were excellent drivers with lots of useful information with a sense of humour to go with it. It provided special dinners which had us all join in the events.

solo traveller, NSW

Great company. Tour ran like clockwork. NZ a magical place to visit. 

Sandra, Melbourne, Victoria
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INCLUSIONS

  • Return airfares from your homeport
  • Modern coach travel with 2 door access, restroom, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Professional Coach Captain
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • Personalised Meet & Greet on arrival
  • Return airport transfers in New Zealand
  • 15 nights 3 - 3.5 star hotel accommodation
  • 4 two night stays
  • Hotel porterage
  • 4 cruises
  • All sightseeing and pre paid attractions
  • GST (New Zealand Goods and Services Tax)
  • Comprehensive documentation pack​

MEALS INCLUDED

  • 15 cooked breakfasts including a specialty breakfast: Stratosfare Restaurant, Rotorua
  • 12 sumptuous dinners including 5 specialty dinners: Welcome Dinner, Christchurch; Haggis Ceremony, Dunedin; Walter Peak Homestead, Queenstown; Maori Hangi & Concert, Rotorua; Farewell Dinner, Auckland
  • 1 picnic lunch
  • 1 delicious Devonshire Tea: Larnach Castle

Note: Dinner on Day 1 not included for anyone arriving later than 8pm.

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS – PRE PAID ATTRACTIONS
  • Welcome Drink
  • Haggis Ceremony & Gift 
  • Larnach Castle*
  • Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
  • Cruise Lake Wakatipu on the TSS Earnslaw
  • Lakes District Museum
  • TranzAlpine Rail Journey
  • Cruise on the Interislander Ferry
  • Te Papa, NZ’s National Museum*
  • Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride
  • Agrodome
  • Thermal mud pools & geysers*
  • Traditional Maori Hangi & Concert
  • Dolphin / Hole in the Rock Cruise
  • Kauri Museum*
  • City sights tour of Christchurch, Dunedin, Wellington & Auckland

*Guided tour is included with 1 guide per 24 travellers.

DAY 1 – WEDNESDAY 14 MARCH 2018
Christchurch

On arrival into Christchurch you will be met by a Grand Pacific Tours representative who will transfer you to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions for a pre-dinner drink followed by a welcome dinner. 

Meals: Specialty Dinner 

DAY 2 – THURSDAY 15 MARCH 2018
Christchurch - Omarama 

After an introductory city sights tour depart Christchurch and travel through the southern Canterbury Plains to Lake Tekapo. See the brilliant turquoise water, visit The Church of the Good Shepherd and view the Sheep Dog Statue. Marvel at the spectacular mountain ranges including Mt Cook, New Zealand’s highest peak. The opportunity is available (time and weather permitting) to enjoy a scenic flight (optional) over the Southern Alps before travelling to Omarama.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 – FRIDAY 16 MARCH 2018
Omarama – Dunedin

Depart Omarama and see Lake Benmore, before following the Waitaki River to Oamaru, famous for its limestone. Continue south to Dunedin and enjoy a city sights tour followed by some free time. Tonight a Scottish evening will be presented comprising of bagpipes, great food, special Haggis Ceremony and gift.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 4 – SATURDAY 17 MARCH 2018
Dunedin – Te Anau  

This morning travel out along the Otago Peninsula to Larnach Castle where you hear of the tragic and scandalous history on a guided tour. Enjoy time to wander around this Garden of International Significance followed by a delicious Devonshire Tea. Farewell Dunedin and travel through Balclutha and Gore to Te Anau, gateway to Fiordland and your overnight stay. Tonight you may like to visit the Te Anau Glow Worm Caves (optional).

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – SUNDAY 18 MARCH 2018
Te Anau – Milford Sound – Queenstown  

Depart Te Anau for a fascinating drive to Milford Sound where you board your launch for a cruise on this magnificent fiord. See the spectacular Bowen Falls and towering Mitre Peak as you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon travel to Queenstown, overlooking magical Lake Wakatipu. Spend the next two nights at this year round resort which offers a wide range of activities and attractions. This evening is free and you may choose to dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – MONDAY 19 MARCH 2018 
Queenstown (Free Day)

Today is a free day for you to explore Queenstown at leisure. Your Coach Captain and Tour Guide are available to assist with the many sightseeing options available, including the thrill of a jet boat ride, a heritage tour to Skippers Canyon or get up close to a Kiwi bird. This evening board the vintage steamship TSS Earnslaw and cruise across Lake Wakatipu to Walter Peak Station. Sit back, relax and enjoy a gourmet barbecue dinner which the chef will prepare in front of you at the Colonel’s Homestead. After dinner enjoy a short farm tour then reboard the TSS Earnslaw for a sing along by the piano as you cruise back to Queenstown.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 7 – TUESDAY 20 MARCH 2018 
Queenstown – Arrowtown – Fox Glacier  

Travel to Arrowtown and visit the Lakes District Museum. Continue via the Haast Pass to the mighty West Coast, an area of stunning beauty. See the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps as you travel north to Fox Glacier. Time is available (weather permitting) to experience a scenic flight (optional) over the spectacular glaciers.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8 – WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 2018
Fox Glacier – Arthur’s Pass – Christchurch  

Travel to Hokitika and visit the Greenstone Factory. Continue into Arthur’s Pass and board the TranzAlpine, renowned as one of the great train journeys of the world. View rivers and valleys as you travel through the Waimakariri Basin, over massive viaducts and through the patchwork farmlands of the Canterbury Plains to the elegant city of Christchurch. On arrival your coach will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9 – THURSDAY 22 MARCH 2018 
Christchurch – Picton – Wellington  

Travel through the Lewis Pass and enjoy the spectacular scenery as you continue to the Marlborough Country, famous for its food & wine. Continue to Picton, where you board the Interislander Ferry for your journey through the Marlborough Sounds and across Cook Strait to Wellington.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 – FRIDAY 23 MARCH 2018 
Wellington

A highlight this morning will be time to explore Gallipoli: A Scale of War exhibition at Te Papa, New Zealand’s National Museum. Cutting edge technology brings these stories to life through the eyes of New Zealanders who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances. Reboard your coach for an extensive city tour which showcases the history and culture on show. Enjoy free time this afternoon and this evening is also free to choose your own dining arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11 – SATURDAY 24 MARCH 2018 
Wellington – Taupo – Rotorua  

Depart Wellington and view the snowcapped peaks of Mt Ruapehu and Mt Tongariro as you travel to Lake Taupo. Visit the spectacular Huka Falls then travel along the Thermal Explorer Highway to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – SUNDAY 25 MARCH 2018 
Rotorua

Today begins with a gondola ride and breakfast at the Skyline Rotorua. There is also time for a luge ride! Next stop is Agrodome for an action packed hour of farming entertainment and education that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. Visit Te Puia to see the boiling mud pools and awesome geysers that Rotorua is famous for. Enjoy some free time this afternoon. This evening experience an entertaining Maori Hangi and Concert.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 13 – MONDAY 26 MARCH 2018 
Rotorua - Auckland - Bay Of Islands

This morning depart Rotorua and travel north via Auckland to the Parry Kauri Park to see a magnificent example of a Kauri Tree. Continue via Whangarei to Paihia, situated in the heart of the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy an introduction to the Bay of Islands, location of the signing of the treaty between the Maori tribes and the British.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 – TUESDAY 27 MARCH 2018 
Bay of Islands

Today cruise through the beautiful Bay of Islands on board a luxury catamaran to Cape Brett and the famous Hole in the Rock. Keep an eye out for bottlenose and common dolphins before returning via Russell to Paihia for a free afternoon where a range of optional activities are available. This evening is also free and you may choose to enjoy a relaxing dinner cruise (optional).

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 – WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH 2018 
Bay of Islands – Auckland  

Depart the Bay of Islands this morning and travel via Whangarei and Dargaville to Matakohe. Enjoy a visit and informative talk at the Kauri Museum before continuing to Auckland for a city sights tour. This evening you will be treated to a farewell dinner with your new found friends.

Meals: Breakfast, Specialty Dinner

DAY 16 – THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2018 
Depart Auckland

Time to say goodbye. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your flight home after a memorable New Zealand holiday.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Christchurch

Quality Hotel Elms

Omarama

 Heritage Gateway  Hotel

Dunedin

 Mercure Leisure Lodge

Te Anau

 Distinction Luxmore Hotel

Queenstown

 Mercure Queenstown Resort

Fox Glacier

Heartland Hotel Glacier Country

Christchurch

Quality Hotel Elms

Wellington

 Ibis Wellington

Rotorua

 Sudima Hotel Lake Rotorua

Bay Of Islands

 Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge

Auckland

 Copthorne Hotel Auckland City

Hotels are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

QUALITY HOTEL ELMS, CHRISTCHURCH
Quality Hotel Elms at 456 Papanui Road is ideally situated on the Northwest corner of the city offering easy access for out of town guest’s proximity to the airport for North Island and International guests, without the hassle of entering the central city.

The hotel offers stylish and comfortable accommodation that will suit those travelling, with a wide variety of room types to choose from.  The hotel has been designed to maximise the beautiful surrounds, living up to the expectations of being known as the garden city. The hotel’s beautiful rose garden offers the perfect relaxing atmosphere to enjoy a prestige Vivace coffee.

HERITAGE GATEWAY HOTEL, OMARAM
Set amongst landscaped gardens with views of the surrounding mountains, the Heritage Gateway Hotel is a peaceful place to stay. Featuring 98 comfortably furnished guest rooms, restaurant & bar.  All units include a full kitchen.  Enjoy views of the gardens and surrounding hillsides.

DUNEDIN LEISURE LODGE, DUNEDIN
Dunedin Leisure Lodge is nestled by the Dunedin Botanical Gardens and University of Otago, within easy walking distance of the City Centre and the Forsyth Barr Stadium, you will find a warm welcome awaits you. 76 spacious room and suites are available, all well-appointed with a range of features and all with either a balcony or outside patio area. 

DESTINCTION LUXMORE HOTEL, LAKE TE ANAU
Get away from it all, and escape into the serene surroundings of Distinction Luxmore Hotel, Lake Te Anau before heading out to explore the world-famous beauty of Fiordland including Milford Sound and Doubtful Sound. With its range of modern accommodation options, 2 on-site restaurants, FREE unlimited WiFi and excellent standard of service, the team at Distinction Luxmore Hotel will make your stay in Te Anau comfortable and enjoyable...

Conveniently located in the Te Anau town centre and after a multi-million dollar refurbishment, the 180 room Distinction Luxmore Hotel now offers guests a wide range of modern hotel accommodation. 

MERCURE QUEENSTOWN RESORT, QUEENSTOWN
Situated on a unique vantage point with breathtaking, majestic views over Lake Wakatipu & Remarkables Mountains.148 guest rooms with either spectacular lake or garden views. Facilities include a seasonal swimming pool, sauna, gymnasium, spa & sports storage room. Enjoy atrium views & superb cuisine at the Vista Restaurant. Relax in the Lounge Bar mezzanine for coffees, tapas and beverages.

HEARTLAND HOTEL GLACIER COUNTRY, FOX GLACIER
Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is located within a unique world heritage area. The internationally recognised Westland World Heritage Park encompasses 2.6 million hectares of spectacular wilderness, including the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers. Heartland Hotel Glacier Country is just five minutes-drive from Fox Glacier.

Located in Fox Glacier village, this recently refurbished three-star plus hotel is the ideal place to stay if you are here to see this remarkable attraction – just three kilometers from the glacier car park. 

A multi-million dollar upgrade was completed in October 2016 that included all 51 guest rooms and ensuites, restaurant, bar and reception area. 

IBIS WELLINGTON, WELLINGTON
Ibis Wellington is in the heart of the city near the bustle of Lambton Quay and walking distance to Parliament, TSB Arena, Westpac Stadium and Te Papa. A 3.5 star hotel with 200 contemporary guest rooms, Ibis Wellington's quality and environmental commitments have been recognized with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001accreditation. Visit Vivant Restaurant and Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner; situated on the ground floor. Limited secure parking is available at the hotel and bookings are essential.

The hotel’s central CBD location is ideal for leisure travelers who want easy access to the major sporting and cultural events, the Bluebridge Ferry Terminal and Wellington's popular waterfront restaurants and bars.

SUDIMA HOTEL LAKE ROTORUA, ROTURUA
Set on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotorua, Sudima Lake Rotorua is the largest hotel in Rotorua, and a great choice for business or pleasure. Adjacent to the world famous Polynesian Spa, Rotorua Museum and Government Gardens, the hotel is a short stroll from Rotorua's vibrant city centre, Convention Centre and the Energy Events Centre.

KINGSGATE HOTEL AUTOLODGE, BAY OF ISLANDS
The Kingsgate Hotel Autolodge Paihia is located in the stunningly beautiful Bay of Islands, a comfortable three and a half hours drive north of Auckland. This natural wonderland boasts fantastic beaches, nationally important historic sites, lush native vegetation and the best big game fishing the world has to offer. The hotel is just 100 metres from Paihia wharf and township. For the leisure traveller, the Autolodge Paihia is your gateway to this idyllic part of New Zealand.

COPTHORNE HOTEL, AUCKLAND
This welcoming Auckland city hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of Queen Street shopping, Central Business District and Auckland University. Auckland's Viaduct Basin and Vector Arena are less than 10 minutes-walk away.  All rooms are equipped with Sky TV, high speed internet access, air conditioning and the sound proofing of 'hush windows' and a balcony that offers spectacular seascape or city views.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.

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PRICES

 

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE Prices Per Person

Single Room

Ex Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane/Gold Coast

$6684

Ex-Canberra

$6934

Ex-Cairns

$7004

Ex-Adelaide

$6984

Ex-Hobart/Launceston

$6979

Ex-Perth

$7229

Tour Only (no international airfares)

$6209

Additional pre tour night, Christchurch inc. breakfast

$200

Additional post tour night, Auckland inc. breakfast

$200

OTHER PRICE INFORMATION

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same gender, save $1330 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).

TOUR & AIRFARE PACKAGE
* International airfare ex Australia is valid from: Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane & Perth. Once the ticket is issued penalties are incurred for changes, and in some cases airfares may be non-refundable. Reservation are made in the name you provide to us with your booking form – this name must match your passport. Failure to provide your name as per your passport may result in an invalid ticket.

DAY/DATE VARIATIONS:
Due to airline flight schedules and availability, day of arrival and day of departure may vary depending on your city of departure. If additional nights of stay are required, the cost of any additional night/s of stay applies.

TAXES & FUEL COSTS, AND SURCHARGES:
The tour and airfare package includes air taxes to the value of 170-215 per person. Taxes and fuel surcharges change regularly so above levies are shown as a guide only. At the time final monies are due the amount for the airline tax & fuel surcharge will be updated if there has been any change.

An airfare supplement may apply depending on airline availability and departure cities, and this would be advised with your quote. 

UPGRADING ECONOMY FARE TO BUSINESS CLASS FARE WITH POINTS
The airfare included in a package, or otherwise purchased separately may not allow the use of flyer points to upgrade. However, there is the option of paying a surcharge where we would book the airfare which does allow you to upgrade. The surcharge can be quoted at time of requesting quote and is subject to availability.

ACCRUING FREQUENT FLYER POINTS
The airfare offered may not permit frequent flyer points to be accrued. If you wish to accrue frequent flyers points please check with us at the time of booking. We will advise the status and if any airfare supplement applies to book an airfare class that permits the accrual of frequent flyer points.

PRICE INFORMATION
Prices and itineraries correct at current time but are subject to change.  

Not included: 

  • Airfares when you book the tour only
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications
ROOMMATE MATCH 

Share and save with our roommate match option.On your request and subject to availability, we will match you with another group member (same gender) so that you can share a room and take advantage of the twin share price.

If we are not able to offer you a roommate match, you will be provided a single room at no additional cost.

GETTING THERE

Arrive to:    Christchurch
Depart from:  Auckland 

You must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Australian passport holders do not require a visa unless you have previously been denied entry.  

AIRFARES
When the tour and airfare package ex Australia is selected, the carrier is mostly commonly Air New Zealand.  You may request another carrier (a surcharge may apply).

A flight itinerary is provided with your booking confirmation. 

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

Early Check In
If your flight arrives well in advance of the hotel check in time, then we recommend travellers consider booking an additional night at the hotel the evening prior to guarantee a morning check-in. Early check in without payment can be requested, and is at the discretion of the hotel, but cannot be guaranteed.

Late Check Out
If your flight departs after the hotel check out time we recommend that you make an enquiry with us about securing a late check out with payment.  Some hotels will require payment in full of the next night of stay while others may have a rate for a late check out such as a payment to extend check out until 6pm as an example.

Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

TRANSFERS
Airport to hotel transfers on arrival and departure in New Zealand are included as part of the tour package and also if you arrive pre tour or extend your stay at the group hotel, booked as part of your package.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience. 

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
This tour is exclusively for solo/single travellers. A coach for up to 48 passengers is provided for this tour. It’s generally a popular tour with over 40 passengers in the group, up to full capacity.

THE PACE  [3 out of 5]
A moderate to fast pace, some free time but quite a busy itinerary.

FIT TO TRAVEL
Passengers of 70 years and over require their medical doctor to complete a Fit To Travel Form

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
All travel with one suitcase on tour measuring no more than 140cm (55”).  Weight limits also apply to luggage due to occupational health and safety issues.  Approximately, the maximum suitcase weight allowed is 23kg (50lbs). 

Please be aware that oversized or overweight luggage may be refused to be carried by coach companies.  All luggage is entirely at the ‘owners risk’ while on tour and we strongly recommend that travel insurance is take out by each traveler to cover accidental damage or loss.  

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Likelihood of free wi fi at hotel, does tour bus have wi fi etc etc. They are guidelines only and not a guarantee.

GROUP ESCORT
This is a private group tour with a coach captain and tour director. Your tour director is there to assist with group arrangements and to act as the liaison for all tour services.

TRANSPORT
Modern coach, Cruise, TranzAlpine Rail, Skyline Rotorua Gondola & Luge Ride.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

This tour went off without a hitch. The Coach Captains were excellent drivers with lots of useful information with a sense of humour to go with it. It provided special dinners which had us all join in the events.

solo traveller, NSW

Great company. Tour ran like clockwork. NZ a magical place to visit. 

Sandra, Melbourne, Victoria

Loved New Zealand, tour was very well organized and had heaps of fun especially the helicopter ride to the glacier and going down on the luge. Would certainly go on another tour for single travellers. Shirley 57 Perth WA

Shirley, 57 yrs, Perth, WA
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